Brutal Legend 2? "I would love to go back there," Tim Schafer says

"I think Jack Black might be up for it, too."

Industry veteran Tim Schafer, head of independent developer studio Double Fine Productions, has yet again expressed his admiration for the metal-inspired Brutal Legend series, telling GameSpot today that he hopes to return to the franchise some day.

"I love that world and I would love to go back there. And I think [actor Jack Black] might be up for it, too," Schafer told GameSpot today during a live-stream for his new game Broken Age. A replay of the stream is available below.

Black played Brutal Legend hero Eddie Riggs, a roadie turned warrior.

Brutal Legend fans shouldn't jump for joy yet. The original Brutal Legend cost around $25 million to develop and Schafer said raising that much money--or more--for a sequel "might be tricky."

Though a full-on sequel may not be in the pipeline just yet, Schafer said a DLC pack surrounding Brutal Legend's Lionwhyte might be more likely. Lionwhyte, leader of the fictitious Hair Metal Militia, was voiced by Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford.

"I would love to go back to that world or even just do a DLC pack...we're always trying to get Lionwhyte in there; a playable Lionwhyte army," Schafer said. "Maybe that would happen someday. I would definitely love to do that."

Brutal Legend launched in October 2009 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 published by Electronic Arts, while a PC version of the game arrived in February 2013. It is Double Fine's best-selling game ever, Schafer told GameSpot today, though it's unclear how many copies of the game have been sold to date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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101 comments
Kyrylo
Kyrylo

If there is metal god on heaven, please make it happen :O

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

Yes please!!!! A part of me died when they said a sequel wasn't in the works, but this world must be revisited! Preferably in a sequel.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Brutal Legend series, Brutal Legend franchise? Excuse me for sounding dumb, but how can you call something a series or a franchise if there is only one product made?

majere613
majere613

I'd have to agree that the RTS style parts of the original brought the rest of the game down a bit. Perhaps if they did mass battles in any sequel they could be more like the 'warrriors' games, but there seem to be about a million of those already!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I would hope so. I loved the first game so frickin badly. It's literally the image I've always had in my head about what heavy metal album covers would be like if they came to life.

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

This game was one of my favorites of last generation. Brutal Legend 2 for the New gen would be increadible.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

When you do that, can you make it a Zelda clone with Rock and Roll like the first game promised to be, and not the worst thing possible for a video game to be - an RTS on a console?

Legendaryscmt
Legendaryscmt

Take out the RTS elements and I'd be interested.

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

Sequel to Brutal Legend would be nice but I actually want a Psychonauts 2 more but the odds are that happening are very slim :(

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Tim Schafer is to game development what Sandra Bullock is to film:  Lotta pub, insider love and mainstream awareness in spite of products that don't consistently sell.  


I'm not hating, per se, but I wonder what they have that generates chance after chance when other "misunderstood/underrated" talents are one-and-done in spite of good - or even inspired - efforts that flopped in terms of making money.

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

I picked it up used at EB Games for $10 about a month ago and I love it, my only problem was that the RTS parts were difficult to control, but other than that I love this game and sequel would be awesome.

elbauto
elbauto

Who wouldn't? It's one of the best games I've ever played and obviously top 5 of the last 5 years.

virtualskill
virtualskill

Would be awesome. Such an underrated gem. The RTS gameplay was probably confusing to a lot of casuals too...

blast880
blast880

One of the best games i ever played with the best multiplayer i ever played... would definitely check out a sequel

wookiegr
wookiegr

By the time a DLC comes out for this most of the people that played it will have moved on by either selling off the disc or moving to an entirely different console generation. They will have to develop a new game or not bother.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Getting really sick of these "I'd love to revisit this immensely popular franchise!" articles. Fucking do it. Otherwise STFU and don't ever mention it again.

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

I'd love a more adventure based game in this world than an RTS

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Would really love to see a sequel, although I never could finish the last battle.

obsequies
obsequies

I hope so. That game was great, but I'm stuck on a boss :/

oneligas
oneligas

Brutal Legend 2 is more important than Half Life 3, Fallout 4, Mass Effect 4, Halo X1, Dragon Age Inquisition, Titanfall, Destiny, The Witcher 3, and every other AAA title in development, But on a side note the stage battles need to be fewer and less messy complicated. If I win the lottery I would cut a check to get a sequel to Brutal Legend made.

user_pt
user_pt

I'd be surprised if this comes to life. It's just another of those ideas that will never get out of the paper.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

As long as they remove the terrible RTS part, then maybe it could work.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

i love it , it was made for Metal Lovers and the Metal theme was the whole point of the game and its FUCKIN AWESOME . Listening to MOTORHEAD , Slayer , Ozzy , Mastodon , Dummu Burgir and Megadeth while killing stuff was plain fun .

and Ozzy and LEMMY were in that Game :u .

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I couldn't handle the first 5min of the game it was that crap.

kozakon
kozakon

Do it! listen to me, do it! if their is any game that must have a sequel it's Brutal Legend.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

What I would love to see is a Grim Fandango spiritual successor since a sequel is out of the question.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I am in the minority here, but I couldn't bring myself to finish Brutal Legend. I did get pretty far in, but I couldn't go further due to the gameplay. The story was pretty great and the world  was cool and the soundtrack one of the best to date, but gameplay is where it's at for me. I think it was one of those strategy battles where you had to defend the concert stage. But from what I take, Double Fine doesn't really make their games with gameplay in mind. But this is the only one I have played.

DrKill09
DrKill09

"I would love to go back there"  I wouldn't.  Great soundtrack, decent visuals, funny writing, great characters and casting... but the gameplay was awful.


Do not market a poor man's RTS as a hack and slash... or better yet, DON'T MAKE IT A POOR MAN'S RTS!

Lhomity
Lhomity

I'd be interested. There's no reason the sequel needs to be a $27 million affair. Certainly doesn't need to be open-world. The RTS mechanics weren't what made the game compelling for me either. Some fans might be annoyed by the idea of a less-ambitious sequel though.

Deano
Deano

it's a shame creative games like brutal legend don't get the same sales figures to generate sequels, everyone just wants to buy the next installment of cod/battlefield/, the game industry is dull because so many gamers have no taste anymore

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'd say drop the RTS part of it and make it just an action adventure game and I'd be sold.....

I thought Brutal legend was okay, I just hated the RTS bits because I would get too confused what to do.....or too overwhelmed.....


Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@GrenadehIt's how they set up hype for a Kickstarter.  Float the idea, get people to remember what they're talking about, then come back with the Kickstarter.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Grenadeh I think you're overstating when you say "immensely popular". It's more like cult popular. And considering that it's just an indie studio and they are working on at least two games (though I think it's three if I remember correctly), I don't know when they are going to make the game.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@gamingnerd121 Yup. It's like they were trying out ideas for Iron Brigade but in the middle of a totally different game. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@SIDEFX1% minutes of playing and you already giving a veredict of the full product? check for a reviewer position in "Quarter to three", they want people like you :D

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@tightwad34

Yeah, the action-adventure part of the game is undeniably awesome and the world is just amazing, if even to look at, but the strategy levels were crap and just chaotic.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@Lhomity I wouldn't mind a less open Brutal Legend 2, but the RTS part just has to go. It felt out of place in the game, and it totally took me by surprise how bad it was.

Dante_tha_don
Dante_tha_don

@Deano  Or the reason is that it wasn't that good game. It had neat ideas and setting but bad RTS part killed the joy and the sum of part wasn't as good as it should be.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@ExtremePhobia @Grenadeh Cult popular isn't automatically "not that popular". It may not have sold the most copies ever but among actual gamers Brutal Legend is a very popular game. The problem is you are trying to factor in people who buy sports and CoD - tens of millions - and they are not gamers. The actual gamer population is pretty small. But yea, admittedly it didn't sell 8 bajillion units. My comment was more directed at these articles in general where the guys go "I'd love to revisit this game or that game or this game" and it never actually happens.


Not to mention Double Fine isn't exactly indie. They've been around for nearly 2 decades and have frequently gotten backing from publishers to produce their more popular games like The Cave, Iron Brigade, Psychonauts, and Brutal Legend.

obsequies
obsequies

@xsonicchaos @obsequies no actually I'm not even that far and the steam holiday sales arent helping much. I'm at the molten factory part where the things on conveyor belts go by above the square battle arena thing. Sorry I'm terrible at explaining things and just woke up

obsequies
obsequies

@xsonicchaos yeah I think its easier than what I was trying to make it out to be ha. thanks man have a good day :)

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@obsequies

 I think you're in the level where you free the Ironheade headbangers and you fight with the guy with big fists. That's an easy one if you're there. Watch gameplay on youtube, it might help. It's really tough when you get to the strategy part of the game.